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Hearts Of Darkness

(The Santiago Trilogy #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  123 reviews
“First, Dante Santiago held a gun to my head. Then he blew my world apart …”

He’s a criminal with no conscience. The whisper of a name, a faceless stranger… A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.

I’m the light to his dark, an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him. We were worlds apart until I caught his attention. Now I’m his cap
Published August 17th 2018
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Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher
GENRE: Dark Mafia Romance
BOOK DETAILS: Book #1 The Santiago Trilogy.



This is one of those stories that draws you in from the beginning, its immediately sets the pace for an intriguing and intensely dark storyline. This is precisely the type of books I love to read. Eve and Dante have a fierce passion and instant chemistry.

Dante is the epitome of dominance, he is coated in authority and has that dangerous
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
Eve first encounters Dante one night in a liquor store when he holds a gun to her head. Really interesting way to meet a girl huh? Her next encounter with him is just as equally terrifying and instead of walking away from him, she finds herself captive in his home.

Okay, so a freaking terrifying experience for Eve but this scary man has something about him. Danger, arrogance, domination and really fucking sexy are a few words that come to mind. All of this is confusing Eve's senses and messing wi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Good news I did find myself a jem with this book and author, I was sucked in from the very first page till the last, I loved the characters, the dark story line and everything in between lol ...... only thing I’m p****ed about is I’ve got to wait till June for the 3rd and last book in trilogy ....bloody damn it to Dante hell lol

This is a dark romance so it’s quite brutal with violence and sex be warned but add it to your read list lol
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Good and bad has never been more blurry…

What happens when your heart leads you down a path that could be your ruin? What if the light tries to pull you from a darkness that you can never leave? Dante and Eve’s story is love’s struggle between evil and good, revenge and forgiveness, dark and light… Does this sound intense? Then I’m describing it exactly right as this story was an emotional struggle between doing what you feel is right and following your heart…

From the opening pages, Dante and Eve
Amber- Leave Me Alone I'm Reading
Hearts of Darkness

This was a new author for me and I am just blown away! This book is amazing. It’s suspenseful, sexy, and action-packed. Dante is everything I love in a hero... so lethal and scary, but loyal and passionate too. Gah! I love him so much. And Eve... ahh I just love a strong heroine. Her growth throughout this book is awesome! I can’t wait to see her continue to grow into a true devil’s queen in the next two books. I am DYING to know what happens next!
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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“First, Dante Santiago held a gun to my head. Then he blew my world apart …”

He’s a criminal with no conscience. The whisper of a name, a faceless stranger… A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.

I’m the light to his dark, an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him. We were worlds apart until I caught his attention. Now I’m his captive, kept at the whim of a devil with no kindness or morality.

I may be an innocen
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OMG!! This story was INCREDIBLE and legit came out of nowhere for me. I absolutely loved Hearts of Darkness. I seriously was hooked on every word of this story and seriously can't wait for book two!!

I absolutely fell in love with Dante and Eve and loved their fiery passion and connection. Mafia and cartel stories are my absolute favorite stories and this author seriously moved to the top of my list. Dante was alpha and dominant and sexy and he met his match with the only woman who brought him to
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In Short
- I couldn't stop thinking about Eve and Dante
- I loved the interactions between Eve and Dante.
- Catherine doesn't give you a chance to breath a sigh of relief with the fast paced story line.

In Long
Have you ever been drawn into a book so quickly you couldn't put it down after the first line? Hearts of Darkness did exactly that, it pulled me in so quickly and all I could think about was Eve and Dante's story. It captivated my mind.

I absolutely loved th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher is book One in The Santiago Trilogy. This is the story of Dante Santiago and Eve Miller.
Dante is criminal with a question mark for a heart but something happened to put that mark there. But when he takes Eve who was at the wrong place at the wrong time he knows there is something about her that he can't stay away from. Eve was a great and made the hardness in Dante soften some but he was still a strong alpha male doing his 'job'.
This book takes you into
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well this is a fabulous read that I consumed this afternoon. There was no way I was putting it down. I lost myself I these words with a bar of chocolate in my conservatory.

Eve Miller was in the wrong place at the wrong time... or was she?

Dante is a heartless criminal who gets what he wants. He wants Eva and will do anything to get her.

When secrets are revealed can these two find a middle ground?

I loved the to-Ing and fro-ing between these two. Both are strong characters and I love how Eve gave
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good start to this trilogy. I loved Eve and Dante and their relationship and how it began. She was only at the liquor store because Eve wanted some alcohol for her friend.If it wasnt for that, she would have never met the Devil. In this case, meeting the devil was actually a good thing. This story sucked you in and in a good way. You won't want to put it down until you are finished and you will be begging for more. I can't wait to see what happens next. If it is anything like this boo ...more
Jill Badker
This is my first book by Catherine Wiltcher and it was awesome. Dante is a name I love for characters and he lives up to the name in this story. Kidnapping Eve and attempting to kill her DEA father all while not being able to ignore the feelings he has for the woman who keeps popping into his head and heart.
All Eve wanted was to get some champagne to celebrate her birthday with her friend, but instead she found a gun being held by the biggest scariest hottie she has ever seen. But being taken b
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this and will definitely be continuing the series. However, I didn't like that the h cycled between liking the H and despising him. The H, on the other hand, was stalkerificly insane for the h which I LOVED.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wondering why this was mostly all 5 stars
Julia ⏃  ✦ :The Romance Rebels: ⏃ ✦

Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher is a dark, unpredictable love story of good vs evil. Love vs hate. It’s dark, dangerous, and utterly addictive. If you’re looking for a hauntingly dark tale of lust, drugs, sex, revenge, and bloodlust. . . this book is for you.

"I've shown you how the devil makes love, my angel. . . now its high time you fucked a monster."

“I’m a Santiago, a wanted man with a voracious bloodlust. . .”

Dante Santiago is the devil. When his name is whispered from the
Anne Baker
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Monster Beneath his Beauty

I just could not believe how this inimitable author Catherine Wiltcher could have written this magnificent read during her battle with cancer! Especially as she penned this first book of the trilogy whilst enduring chemotherapy! If this book does not become a block buster movie I will eat my hat! Talk about a fast paced, full of action, gripping psychological thriller you will not be able to put this superb start to the series down! I was literally worn out by the
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I came across this series as a suggestion in a Facebook group comment of all places, and I'm sure glad I did!
I don't know how I haven't come across this author before, but this book was great! I am so excited for the second book, and so crushed that the third book's release date got pushed out until late June. Say it ain't so!
I am a fan of a good kidnapping book, and this one delivers. I like that he never hit her (outside of a few swats on the behind, but that hardly counts), and he
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging - Sexy - Suspenseful
Dante - Dante wasn't always a slave to his darkness - there was a time when he was full of light and love - but that time is long forgotten. Now he has no conscience - He wants He takes - And by the fires of Hades let no man make the mistake of coveting that which is his.
I really liked Dante - His character was charismatic despite the darkness that surrounds him.
Eve - I had mixed feelings about her - In the beginning, she felt a bit wishy-washy, I guess I would hav
Paula D
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-favs
Ever read a book that you couldn’t stop reading no matter how you tried? Yes this is that book! Right from the beginning your heart is beating so fast and your consumed to this story. Eve is at a store about to buy wine for her birthday and has a gun to her head! This book is so intense and dark and makes you gasp out loud. I was pacing I was so deep into this book I was living in Eves world. Eve is one spicy kick ass woman that you want to be her friend. Dante is the devil he’s pure evil but he ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Dante and Eve are mind altering fantastic on this epic power struggle of a journey that leaves you positively breathless. Dante is the man in the shadows whose very name is feared. He relies on this image to keep his enemies a bay and to never let them get too close again. When Eve Miller comes in to his world it flips everything on its axis. Still ever the villain of his own making he takes this gorgeous Angel even if it means exposing her and himself. Eve cannot believe where she finds herself ...more
This book was actually entertaining
I liked that the dynamic between the main couple is no full of violence.

Their us violence in this book, action and blood but no between them and that is refreshing. I liked to see a female protagonists that was not tortured for the hero and then she forgives him.
And I loved that the H is good with her but he is still a hard man and violent in his life.

I liked the climax of the story and I want to know what happens next.
Reckless Readers
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I have lots of thoughts about this novel. It's a original storyline with outstanding characters. However I'm disappointed it wasn't pointed out this is a cliffhanger. Fair warning, the ending is not at all what you want it to be...
'They say the devil can mimic many forms but can he really mimic pure perfection such as this?' Dante definitely lives up the your expectations. He is a devil without a care.
Eve is kind of not my favorite player. She doesn't make that much sense in she has a few
Alison douglad
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just brilliant

Oh wow what a brilliant dark book first book by this author and I'm addicted cannot wait to read second book January cannot come sooner
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a ride! This book takes you all over the place, never sure where it’s going. Loved the characters. I can not wait for the next one to see what happens next.
Sassy Southern
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m almost afraid to write this review in fear of giving away too much. I was blown away by this book. From the time I started this book to the time I finished. My world revolved around this book. I was eat, sleep and breathing this book. I almost feel bad for not finding this author before hand. I kept saying to myself. If only I had known. The chemistry was almost too hot to bare. The writing seemed to flow so well. It was almost as if I was really with these characters in real life that is. O ...more
Jennifer Pierson
I've been sitting here in awe about Catherine Wiltcher's very talented writing style, as she's just started her career, and Hearts Of Darkness was an amazing story that not only had me on the edge of my seat, but I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. It's the story of Dante Santiago, and Eve Miller, who meet when he takes her by gunpoint. Not the best meeting by far, but there's something about Dante that really gets to Eve, though he's a dangerous criminal, not to mention the whole scaring ...more
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Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, dangerous and delicious! Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe not. Our heroine, Eve is kidnapped by the Devil not once but twice and the second time she's not getting away. Whisked away to a foreign country by a man so compelling she submits to his sizzle brand of sexuality. Dante is a dangerous, sexy man that's half of a brutal drug cartel and he takes what he wants and he wants Eve. Eve is a loner by nature and fears Dante but as the story develops she find her ...more
Susan Roe
Not what it says on the tin

I was excited to read this book because one of the reviews liken Dante to Anna Zaires Julian.
Well it's not. I was bored .
I kept waiting for it to heat up but it didn't. There's lots of sex and Eve has multiple big "O" at least half a dozen which in itself is very far fetched. Dante is supposed to be a very dark monstrous man but that's only hear say . The chapters are full or them having sex or thinking about having sex .
The only similarity to Julian's and Nora's sto
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great read by Catherine Wiltcher.
I consumed this book in one sitting.
Dante is a hot alpha who always gets what he wants when he wants it. He spots Eve at a store and just has to have her. His methods maybe unethical, but damn if the chemistry between these wasn't hot!!!
I can't say too much without giving anything away, I loved their banter, the back and forth was just superb.
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Catherine Wiltcher is a romance author, mum-of-two, former TV producer and self-confessed alpha addict. Her writing is best described as sinfully sexy and romantic, and she recently signed her first publishing deal.

She lives in a village near Bath in the UK with her husband and young daughters. If she was stranded on a desert island, she'd like a large pink gin to keep her company. Cillian Murphy

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The Santiago Trilogy (2 books)
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